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Art History explores the highlights of European and American art from the early Renaissance to 19th century Romanticism and through to the Modern Age. Focusing on the paintings of masters including Giotto, Dürer, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Delacroix, Manet, Gauguin, Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, and others, you discover the impact of the classical past, the interrelationship between stylistic developments, and the broader cultural, intellectual, and historical context in which art emerged. This course emphasizes the technical progress that defines each historical era, revealing the fascinating aesthetic advancements made possible by the materials and methods available in each art period. For those new to art history, this course provides a solid underpinning for analyzing, interpreting, and appreciating paintings.

This Premier Online Course features weekly recorded lectures and faculty-guided discussion boards to maximize flexibility and deliver an engaging and interactive digital experience.

Students will learn:

  • To identify the materials and techniques employed by artists in paintings and to describe the importance and relevance of artistic processes.
  • To accurately date works of art and to define the essential characteristics of significant paintings, movements, and individual artists in Western art history.
  • To interpret and analyze significant artworks within their social, cultural, and political contexts.

This course has formerly run under the title Art History: Renaissance Art to Present.

The Details
  • Course Dates & Fees

    Course Dates & Fees

    February 17 - March 30, 2021
    $1,485  ($1,335 if registered by December 8, 2020)
    Tuition includes six weeks of instructor guidance and an additional 90 days to review the course at your leisure.
    We offer this online course throughout the year with sessions starting approximately every four months. Contact us for more information.
  • Getting Started & How It Works

    Getting Started & How It Works

    SIA Online Community, our learning and networking space, opens two weeks before the course begins. This space provides an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the learning platform and introduce yourself to fellow students from around the world.
    Visit our How It Works page to learn more about the online learning experience.
  • Sample Topics

    Sample Topics

    Week 1: From Antique Fresco to Late Gothic Altarpieces

    • Art History: From Antique Fresco to Late Gothic Altarpieces

    • Technique: What is Fresco?

    • Conversation: X-Rays and Altarpiece Construction

    • Case Study: Simon Martini, Annunciation

    Week 2: Perspective and Realism: Painting in the European Renaissance

    • Art History: Perspective and Realism

    • Technique: The Impact of Oil Painting

    • Conversation: The Conservation of Panel Paintings

    • Case Study: Albrecht Durer, Adam and Eve

    Week 3: Painting in the Baroque Era

    • Art History: Painting in the Baroque Era

    • Technique: Chiaroscuro

    • Conservation: Infrared Spectroscopy and Preparatory Sketches

    • Case Study: Caravaggio,Supper at Emmaus

    Week 4: From the Academy to Tahiti: Painting in the 19th Century

    • Art History: From the Academy to Tahiti

    • Technique: The Broken Brushstroke

    • Conservation: Ultraviolet Fluorescence and Painted Surfaces

    • Case Study: Edouard Manet, Olympia

    Week 5: The Promise of Abstraction: Expressionism, Cubism, and the New York School

    • Art History: The Promise of Abstraction

    • Technique: Action Painting

    • Conservation: The Challenge of Matte Paint

    • Case Study: Willem de Kooning, Woman I

    Week 6: Pop to the Present

    • Art History: Pop to the Present

    • Technique: Synthetic Paints

    • Conservation: Monochrome Paint Surfaces

    • Case Study: Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn

  • Faculty


    Corey D'Augustine, Adjunct Faculty, M.A. Art Business, Online & Summer Institute, New York
    M.A., Art History and Art Conservation, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University; B.A., Visual Arts, and Biochemistry, Oberlin College
    Corey D'Augustine is a conservator of modern and contemporary art and a technical art historian. He is the principal conservator at Corey D'Augustine Conservation, and his clients include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Ad Reinhardt Foundation. He also lectures on art history and art conservation at New York University, Pratt Institute, and the Museum of Modern Art. He is a specialist in American and European Post-war art, and his research interests include 20th-century painting materials and techniques, and the conservation of monochrome paintings.
  • Certificate Of Completion

    Certificate Of Completion

    For each course successfully completed, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
    Our digital certificates allow you to share new skills with various social media platforms, including LinkedIn. Successful completion is defined by each instructor in the course syllabus and consists, at the least, of regular, thoughtful participation in online activities and timely submission of assigned papers or projects.
  • Register


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    This course is listed under the Premier Course option in the online application. Premier Online Courses are open to anyone 18 years of age and older. Registration takes approximately 5 minutes to complete.
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